Raised in Miami, Florida James Allister Sprang is a first-generation Caribbean-American and a visual artist, currently based in Philadelphia.
Implementing superabundant amounts of pigment into cement mixes, Sprang paints planes of structurally unsound concrete that fragment underneath his wieght. Photographing, from above, the result of his maintenance of the concrete’s breakage results in powerfully vertiginous images which speak to a myriad of contemporary issues in theory and media. Namely: the politics of documentation, representation and complicating notions surrounding public/private space.
Trained and educated as a creator of performance, Sprang also works with both his body and time as GAZR (pronounced “gazer”)— a guise created to work within spaces usually oriented towards the performing arts. GAZR is a poet-turned-rapper that uses hip-hop and the constructs of theater and concert viewing to explore the latency of language.
Sprang attended the Cooper Union where he received his B.F.A in 2013. He then continued on to complete a Fellowship with The Wooster Group and implement himself into the downtown New York experimental theater scene under the guise of “GAZR.”
Currently an MFA candidate at The University of Pennsylvania, Sprang has shown and performed at institutions such as The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, The Abrons Center, The Apollo Theater, The Brooklyn Museum, Knockdown Center, Pioneer Works and The Kitchen.